10 Best Takeout Restaurants in Dallas: Get It and Go!

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By Denise Brandenberg, Dallas Local Expert

We get it - sometimes you just don't have the desire, time or energy to make a home cooked meal. Take out is perfect for days like this, and it's also a weary business traveler's best friend. Fortunately for Dallas residents and visitors, Big D is a take out-friendly town, and there are plenty of options for you!

If you want to impress your guests or family with some good ole' Tex Mex and you don't have hours to make your own homemade tortillas or roll enchiladas, make the call to Mariano's Hacienda. This popular local spot does take out perfectly - all you have to do is call in your order, arrive and park in the take out parking spot, and call the phone number on the sign in front of you! Then they'll bring your food out right to your car. As an added bonus, their food is terrific and some of the best Tex Mex in the entire Lone Star State.

If you're planning on "tricking" your guests with a homemade meal, you have some great options in Eatzi's and Central Market. These market/restaurants have huge take out sections that specialize in gourmet appetizers and dips, salads, healthy sides and even homestyle casseroles. All you have to do is take it home and reheat.

10. Central Market
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Located in the heart of Dallas on Greenville Avenue, Central Market is the premier grocery market in Dallas. It has an onsite cafe and specialty sections dedicated to fruits and vegetables, fish and meats, breads and desserts, cheese, and wine and beer. And one of the best features is their takeout and deli section. Whether you're in the mood for sushi to go, or you're hankering for appetizers, salads or sandwiches, Central Market has it all. Take advantage of delicious pre-made casseroles, from hearty country Italian to stuffed chile rellenos. If you're in the mood for home cooking, you can choose from turkey meatloaf, yummy Asian noodles and other delicacies.

9. Greenz Salads for Z'Adventurous
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If you're in the mood for unique, innovative salads using the freshest ingredients combined in the most distinctive ways to please everyone from the devout vegetarian to the diehard meat-eater, head on over to Greenz in Uptown. This delicious, healthy restaurant believes that salads should be as enticing to the eyes as they are to the taste buds. The Greenz experience is designed to be as eclectic and refreshing as their food. Diners can enjoy their salads with a glass of wine on the patio overlooking the always-happening McKinney Ave. Greenz features a casual atmosphere that is perfect for lunch with friends, business lunches and afternoon dates.

8. Wang's Chinese Cafe
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This University Park neighborhood staple packs a lot of punch in a cost-efficient manner. In fact, lunch specials average around $7 per plate. Some of the most popular items there include the Hunan Shrimp, General Tsao's Chicken, broccoli beef and beef chow main. Other sought-after dishes there are the Sesame Chicken, Sesame Beef and egg drop soup. If you're looking for fast delivery or want to dine in a casual atmosphere, this is the place to go. Visitors should take note that the restaurant is located in a very busy area of University Park, where parking can be challenging. Plan to arrive ahead of time or walk there.

7. Café Izmir
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From hummus to lamb, this popular restaurant wonderfully mixes Middle Eastern cuisines; Turkish, Lebanese, Persian, and Greek. Mama Nazary, who prepares entrees for the cafe's daily fixed price menu, heads the kitchen and puts forth plenty of vegetarian choices, too. Although there's not a standard menu per se, the food is uniformly delicious, and the ambiance is ethnically authentic. Special events include a monthly art show on every first Thursday and Date Night, a Friday standard that includes two dinners and a bottle of wine for a reasonable price. There's a takeout deli run by the same family just down the street that specializes in hummus and gyros!

6. Pei Wei Asian Diner

The highly sought-after combination of inexpensive and high-quality makes a rare appearance at this well-loved Chinese diner. The portions at both lunch and dinner are huge by any standard, and the average cost is typically around $7. The staff moves at lightning speed to accommodate each guest, and a cafeteria-style set-up makes this a great eat-and-run option. Won ton soup, lettuce wraps and, of course, the free unlimited fortune cookies are all musts. This is a great place for a casual date or dinner with kids. It can get a little loud and busy, which is great for dining with children.

5. P.F. Chang's China Bistro

This fashionable Chinese bistro gets high marks with North Dallas's trendier diners, who adore the contemporary interior and eclectic menu. While this is a chain restaurant, the service and food are well worth a visit. Start off your meal with do-it-yourself chicken lettuce wraps - these alone are worth the trip. Afterwards, go any route you like, from Hunan to Cantonese. P.F. Chang's daily specials are always worth considering as well - keep your fingers crossed that Szechwan shrimp or wok-fried lamb is available when you drop by. The dress code there is dressy casual, and the prices are mid-level.

4. Campisi's Egyptian
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Not to be confused with Campisi's, and considered a Dallas institution, Campisi's Egyptian has been satisfying Dallas appetites for nearly 50 years. First known as the Egyptian Lounge, this local favorite decided to tack on "Campisi" name and start serving up classic Roman cuisine. Dining options include oval-shaped, thin-crust pizza and traditional pasta dishes. The ambiance is lively, but the decor is dark. This is a popular spot to watch one of many Dallas professional sports teams games while sharing a pitcher of beer and pizza with friends or co-workers. Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more, and they are recommended.

3. Mariano's Hacienda
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Located in Lake Highlands, Mariano's Hacienda is one of the best Tex-Mex restaurants in Big D. The decor is kitsch at its finest - the bar is covered by a traditional palapa roof, and there's a pinata room, a ranch room (complete with stuffed deer heads) and a beach room. The food there speaks for itself - Mariano's Hacienda definitely has the best steak fajitas in town. While it has an extensive menu with all kinds of offerings, such as tilapia and enchiladas - if you eat meat - go for the steak fajitas. You won't be disappointed - we promise! And did we mention the frozen margaritas? Mariano's actually invented the frozen margarita machine that is now housed in the Smithsonian.

2. Eatzi's

Unique gourmet takeout is what Eatzi's is all about. This convenient market and bakery has provided diners with the freshest sandwiches, hot entrees, bottled salsa and chutney in town. The shop offers touches like "create your own beer six-packs," selective wines and a variety of European breads. An out of the ordinary terrific eating option for the busy traveler, Eatzi's is a great alternative. If you're there for lunch, indulge yourself in the make-your-own sandwich or salad lines. You'll be able to pick out your favorite ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind healthy lunch. 10Best's favorite go-to salad is composed of romaine and mixed greens, shrimp, cucumbers, black olives, croutons, red onion, feta cheese and Greek dressing.

1. Cowboy Chicken
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If you're in the mood for fast food or delivery, but want to skip the chains, head on over to Cowboy Chicken on Greenville Ave. This delicious restaurant has been serving Dallas diners for more than 30 years, and it specializes in natural chicken. All the chicken there is cooked on a rotisserie over a wood-burning fire, which seated diners can watch. Some of the most popular dishes there are the natural chicken and chicken enchiladas. The BEST sides there include the famous twice-baked potatoes, ranchero beans, grilled campfire veggies and the tomato and cucumber salad. And don't forget dessert! Cowboy Chicken makes the best homemade peach cobbler in town!